Tackling EighthGrade Algebra in Chicago
Education Week hosted a webinar yesterday called "Why Students Struggle with Algebra and How Schools Are Helping."
Two of the three presenters came from Chicago Public Schools, former stomping grounds for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
The school system has set a goal  along with the rest of the country  of getting more students to pass Algebra in the eighth grade. So far their exit exam results for algebra have been paltry  with only about a third of the students passing.
One of the guests, Jesch Reyes, an algebra coordinator and a former algebra teacher in a highpoverty school, had a lot of success and helped nearly all his eighth grade students succeed on the test. In the presentation he walks through his approach, which involves intensive support outside of class and parent involvement.
Here's a link to the archive of the webinar.
By
Michael Alison Chandler

February 11, 2009; 11:18 AM ET
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Math Education Reform
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Thank you so much for the link to that webinar! The choice of speakers was good  someone academic, someone more administrative, someone actively teaching the subject! I enjoyed the talk and learned a lot!